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President Column

The SNOM Board met, formally, for the last time this school year on April 18, 2022. We are excited to announce our newly elected board members, who will take office in July:

President: Tara Cliff
Vice President: Gretchen Gosh
Secretary: Sarah Osterman
Treasurer: Annie Lumbar Bendson
NASN Director: Kathy Schulz (takes office in January)

The new board of directors will elect a member at large to serve on the executive board for the two year period. We will continue to offer a remote option for our membership to attend board meetings for the foreseeable future, encouraging participation for all of our members throughout the state.

Our board has been actively connecting on legislative initiatives, meeting with our school health consultants, Denise Herrmann (MDH) and Tara Swaby (MDE), planning for our upcoming conferences and celebrating our members. Although COVID continues to impact our lives, we are hopeful to be in more of a COVID surveillance model by fall.

We are in the process of determining how to move forward with required updates to our website, with plans to have a more user friendly experience for our members. We currently have 85 nationally certified school nurses in Minnesota, congratulations to those newly certified: Angela Mitchell, Erica Drury and Jennifer Hall.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you these past 4 years and thank you to our current elected board members who will be transitioning our new members into office: Tara Cliff (Vice President), Mary Bielski Heiman (NASN Director), Kathy Schulz (Member at large), Jennifer Pena (Treasurer), Gretchen Gosh (Secretary) and Sue Nokelby (Past President).

Upcoming events:
May 11: National School Nurse Day!
June 28-30: NASN Conference in person in Atlanta, GA
July 11-13: NASN Online Conference
NASN bundle includes both in person and online (3 possible ways to sign up for NASN 2022)
August 9-10: New School Nurse Orientation, Foundations for 21st Century School Nurse Practice
August 15: Next SNOM Board Meeting, all members are invited to attend
November 11-12, Annual Fall Conference

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